Why study Ocean Sciences at Dal?

Learn how the ocean connects people across the world

Steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, Dalhousie has a global reputation for excellence in ocean education and research. When you study ocean sciences at Dalhousie, you’ll combine knowledge in the biological, chemical, geological and physical processes that make up ocean ecosystems.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Oceanography
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

There’s no better place to learn about the ocean than on the edge of the Atlantic at Dalhousie University. The Ocean Sciences degree is designed to prepare you to tackle some of society’s most exciting ocean opportunities and pressing environmental challenges.

During your first year you’ll take introductory, foundation-building science courses. In your upper years, you'll gain a broad perspective on the role of ocean sciences in policy, law, and other topics. You’ll also get first-hand experience in many of the exciting technological innovations that are transforming our ability to observe the ocean.

You'll get your feet wet in the lab and field, use world-class research facilities, such as the Aquatron, and take part in field courses at sea, such as the Introduction to Field Oceanography course.

Sample courses:

  • The Blue Planet
  • Marine Management I and II
  • Geochemistry of Aquatic Environments

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Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Rapid scientific and technological advances in a variety of fields are accelerating growth of the global ocean economy. Dalhousie’s ocean sciences program qualifies you for entry level or technician positions in a variety of exciting fields:

  • marine technology
  • renewable energies
  • ocean literacy and education
  • climate change
  • ocean policy

An undergraduate degree in ocean sciences is a strong foundation for pursuing master’s and professional degrees, such as Master of Science (MSc), Master of Marine Management (MMM), Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM), Master of Business Administration, law and ocean technology.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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